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Microwave Food Safety Tips

  • Published: 2010-08-12 : Health Canada.
  • Synopsis: Information and tips on the importance of food safety while using microwave ovens to cook and defrost food.

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Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the importance of food safety while using microwave ovens.

Microwaves are often used as a quick way to cook, reheat or defrost foods. However, as with all other ways of heating food, it's important to remember that foodborne bacteria can only be killed by proper cooking.

It is estimated that there are approximately 11 million cases of food-related illnesses in Canada every year. Many of these illnesses could be prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques.

To minimize the risks of food-borne illness, here are some steps to follow when cooking food in microwaves.

Defrosting:

Cooking:

Reheating Leftovers:

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